Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema is on the 20 player shortlist for the Ballon D’Or as awarded by France Football magazine. Miedema is the only Arsenal player on the shortlist after a disappointing season which saw the Gunners finish 3rd in the WSL in 2020-21.
The Dutch forward did, however, score 10 goals at this summer’s Olympic Games for Netherlands, obliterating the previous record for six goals scored in a single Olympics tournament.
The other 19 players on the shortlist are Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Stina Blackstenius (Hacken), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage / Manchester City), Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Sandra Panos (Barcelona), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Irene Paredes (PSG / Barcelona), Ashley Lawrence (PSG), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Manchester City), Cristiane Endler (PSG / Lyon), Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Kadidiatou Diani (PSG).
The winners will be announced in December. Last year’s Ballon D’Or was cancelled due to covid.